Distribution of Condoms Behind Bars Will Decrease Spread of HIV, Experts Say
December 19, 2008
"The spread of HIV behind bars is exacerbated by the lack of condoms in US prisons and jails," Lovisa Stannow, the head of the California-based nonprofit Just Detention International (JDI), said recently.
"Public health agencies including the National Commission on Correctional Health have consistently endorsed condom distribution as a harm-reduction strategy," Stannow noted.
"Sex in prison is forbidden," said Felecia Ponce, spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. "Condoms are not distributed at any of the [FBP] facilities across the country."
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.